Nicholas Lezard is a literary critic for the Guardian and also writes for the Independent. He writes the Down and Out in London column for the New Statesman.

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14 January 2010
Taking my free copy of the London Evening Standard the other day, I saw from the front page that Allegra Mostyn-Owen,...
07 January 2010
New Year both is, and is not, a difficult time of year for those of us of an unusually feckless disposition. Although...
30 December 2009
Well, it wasn't so bad this year. Christmas, I mean. I have quoted this bon mot of Will Self's in this column before,...
Lifestyle
17 December 2009
It is a chilly evening, the first really cold one of the winter, but the sixth frame of the snooker final between...
Lifestyle
10 December 2009
Illness strikes. I think it is because I have had the jab for swine flu, and I reflect that one of my bitterly...
Lifestyle
03 December 2009
A nasty letter from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs. By "nasty", I mean pant-shittingly terrifying: a £20-...
Society
26 November 2009
To Leicester. My geographical ignorance is so shocking that I have to go to Google Maps to find out where it is. It...
Society
19 November 2009
The sun is shining as I write, but I have learned not to trust it. As soon as I step outside, it will start raining....
Society
12 November 2009
An invitation to the countryside from C -- , who is actually an ex from my university days but has become a good friend...
Lifestyle
29 October 2009
God damn it, another hole in my shoe. Remember that bit where Withnail complains that he's nearly 30 and the sole's...
Health
22 October 2009
To the dentist. First with my eldest son, who has been complaining of pains that are like toothache, but are not...
Lifestyle
15 October 2009
Well, that was quick. The latest addition to the Hovel's personnel, my good friend K -- , has decided that, on balance...
Society
08 October 2009
Two weeks into the redesign and I am still really not sure about this new byline picture. One does not want to get into...
Lifestyle
01 October 2009
A trip to Paris with the Next (In Effect) Mrs Lezard. This is my first trip abroad for over two years, and I am so...
Society
24 September 2009
"What a drag it is getting old," sang Mick Jagger in "Mother's Little Helper" when he was about 12...

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